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Jock Zonfrillo: MasterChef Australia host dies suddenly, aged 46

Award-winning chef and MasterChef Australia host Jock Zonfrillo has died suddenly, aged 46.

The Scotsman worked with world-famous chefs in renowned restaurants around the globe before opening his own in Australia.

His death was confirmed by Network 10, on the day it was due to air the 2023 season premiere of MasterChef.

Zonfrillo is survived by his wife and four children, who in a statement said their hearts were "shattered".

"So many words can describe him, so many stories can be told... for those who crossed his path, became his mate, or were lucky enough to be his family, keep this proud Scot in your hearts when you have your next whisky," it said.

Zonfrillo was found dead at a house in Melbourne when police conducted a welfare check in the early hours of Monday morning. Victoria Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Gordon Ramsay, Australian singer Jimmy Barnes, and fellow chef Colin Fassnidge have led the tributes to Zonfrillo.

"Saddened by the devastating news... I truly enjoyed the time we spent together on MasterChef in Australia," Ramsay wrote on Twitter.

"Jock was like a brother to me and we made each other laugh and cry," Barnes said.


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